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Patriot's Game

June 01, 2015
June 01, 2015

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Patriot's Game

On May 12 the 76ers introduced a secondary logo featuring a balling Ben Franklin. The statesman had the size (6 feet, 240 pounds) to be a solid point guard. Based on his history and the illustration, SI's hoops experts envision him in today's NBA.

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BRAIN

His key role in holding together the Constitutional Convention indicates promise as a floor general—and as a negotiator on the CBA.

GLASSES

He can't run the triangle with those rectangles on his face. Even with a pair of Kareem's old goggles, there would still be questions about his court vision.

RIGHT ARM

Despite all the years he spent eating, drinking wine and wooing allies in Paris, his muskets look NBA-ready.

MOUTH

He'll confuse opponents with his old-school trash talk: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

RIGHT HAND

Could be foul-prone. That stiff arm looks intimidating on paper, but extend it on the dribble-drive and the refs will whistle you every time.

LEFT HAND

A lefty, he's awkward to D up, but that palm-on-top-of-the-ball thing shouts Bob Cousy. To last in the league, he'll need to develop his carry-and-travel game.

HIPS

He's got moves. He fathered an out-of-wedlock child. Why should Shawn Kemp have all the fun?

PANTS

He's taking long shorts to a new low. One would expect such a noted libertine to show some skin, if not some righteous ink.

SHOES

What are those, low-top Chuckie T's? Indicates branding savvy but raises questions about long-term knee health.

ILLUSTRATION